//Spotlight on membership

Spotlight on membership

Meeting for the week of March 4 – March 10, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Spotlight on membership

Speaker: Celine Neal

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Andrew:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This week we have a member spotlight on our very own Celine Neal! I had the opportunity to hang out with Celine in Toronto, which was such a treat. Celine is incredibly energetic and doing tons of good work in her community. It has certainly been a blessing to be in this club and to be a part of Rotary to meet such passionate members!


Andrew Taw
President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

Happy March! Did you know that March is National Peanut Month? It’s time to get nutty! (Disclaimer: Peanuts are not really nuts, but for the sake of puns, we’re going with it.)

Why did the peanuts run across the busy road?
Because they were nuts!

Where do peanut drivers go to fill their tanks?
The Shell station!

Two peanuts were walking down the road.
One was a salted!

Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

Singapore is known for being clean, green and orderly, but that doesn’t stop Zul Othman from painting the town. In fact, the street artist known as “Zero” thinks the city’s disposition makes his work even more interesting. Hit the pavement with a pioneering creator who’s expressing the human experience through images—and giving Singapore an edgy new look.

Coloring the Streets of Singapore

World of

How do we innovate at Rotary?

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/02/21/how-do-we-innovate-at-rotary/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. Back by popular demand, Keith Marsh’s photography will feature in this new section, curated by member Keith Marsh himself!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic natural structures in the World. On this night, I was able to capture it with its alignment with the moon and center of our Milky Way Galaxy. To put the distances into perspective, the moon is only 1.3 light second from Earth, but the center of our galaxy is 25,000 light years away.

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Brian from Corralitos, CA, USA.

I had the pleasure of meeting Brian and his 10 year old daughter Siena for this month’s CWAR! Let me just say, if you all have never met Siena, she’s the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! Brian and I got to chat about our mutual love of nature as well as our life paths. He has many doctors in his family so he knows all too well what my medical school journey is going to be like. I learned that him and his family took a trip to the Philippines and Siena showed me an anklet that she got from there. We talked about my time in Japan, from bowing deer to the Zao Fox Village I visited, as well as how he became a trial lawyer. I also found out that Brian grew up with cats until he came home from college and learned he was allergic! Oh no!! But how great is it that the past 3 of my CWARs have all been with cat lovers. Tzviatko, I want to keep this cat loving streak going!! Lol. I’m looking forward to seeing Brian and his family at the next Chili Cookoff this year!

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Worked in a youth service action plan for the eClub.
D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Volunteer at the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship “Learn to Surf Event”
leConge Ziesenhenne, Monique: Clean up following a West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club fundraiser

For Members Only

February 2019 Club Announcements

  • “Hi! Do you have any questions about the club?” – The New Facebook Chatbot on Main Pages. If you have visited any of our non-meeting pages in the past few days, you’ll notice that we now have a Facebook Chatbot active on our site. This is one of our new initiatives to try to convert more prospective leads into members, as well as to increase interaction between guests and our club. Messages will be responded to by our social media team. Please note this messenger chat isn’t designed for club members. Members, if you still want to contact someone, please direct your notices to the email of the member or the officer you want to reach.
  • 2019 Homepage Refresh! After hearing feedback from members, the webmasters can now say that we have finally gotten around to updating the main hero image on the homepage into something that we believe better represents the global and the digital nature of our club. We’ll be periodically changing the graphic throughout the year, as we continue to refresh different parts of our site.
  • Join page updated! The webmaster team has done a much-needed facelift for the Join page. The start of a new year is the perfect time to share with friends and colleagues our Join page!
  • Weekly Meeting Disqus Reactions Updated. Did you know you can leave a reaction for each of our weekly meetings now? Right above the comments for a weekly meeting, you’ll now find four different reactions you can vote for. We’ve also added some comment policy, and are working on fine-tuning a few other pieces to the comments and the meetings.
  • New year, new posts! eClub Rotarians – haven’t joined the conversation on Facebook yet? Consider joining the conversation by signing into our club members-only Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rotarysiliconvalley/

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members-only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to giving my wife a weekend trip to Vegas for some rest and relaxation: she’s earned it 1000x over.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Damp week here in Houston.

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

Fill out my online form.

Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Charlie Tuttle  said:
Thanks for your presentation! I loved hearing about design thinking, and also about your experience working with your students.

Celine Neal said:
Thank you for the program Laura.

Sandy Stabile said:
Very interesting presentation. Being an RN i was especially interested when you said you were working on an End of Life Program.

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: Spotlight on membership

Speaker: Celine Neal

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.

Celine Neal is a technician at Belize Electricity Limited in Belize, where she creates designs and cost estimate in the Transmission and Distribution Department. She graduated from the University of Belize with an associate’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 2015. After graduating she worked at Santander Sugar Group for a year as an assistant supervisor in the Cane Mills Department. She is currently studying Computer Engineering (online) at Galen University. This year she is fully focusing on her studies and has transferred to University of Quintana Roo, Mexico to complete a degree in Energy Systems Engineering.

She has been a member of the club since 2018. She recently arranged a mini grant.

Please turn up the volume of your computer to hear the speaker.

Spotlight on Membership Cecilia Neal

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

You’re Almost Done! Please complete The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done.

We have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

For all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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